Dear Fellow Keidaners:
February has been a good month for the acquisition of funds for the
Keidan VRI Project. I wish to thank those individuals who have made
contributions to the fund. Not only are the dollars important, but
it is the display of confidence in the project that I find both
energizing and rewarding. We have now reached 10% of our goal.
LitvakSIG has about 18,000 vital records from the Jewish community
of Keidan spanning the 19th century: birth, marriage, divorce and
death records. It takes a good deal of money to create an English-
language searchable database for 18,000 records written in a variety
of languages that most of us can't read. With the exception of
paying translators, all the other tasks involved in this project are
being performed by volunteers. This appeal is not for a cause, not
for a mitzvah. It is for an effort in which the contributors are the
A $100 donation entitles the donor to receive the translated records
in Excel spreadsheets as soon as they are available. Donors have the
option of making lesser contributions periodically and eventually
totaling $100 to qualify for early results. Contributions of any
amount are welcome, and the records will be submitted for posting to
the All Lithuania Database (ALD) without delay.
Please help make March even better than February. If this project is
to be completed by the end of 2005 (that is my aim), it is going to
require a unified response. This is all about UNITY. We can't expect
the next guy to support a project of this scope.
The LitvakSIG donor form is accessed by clicking on
Please fill in "Kedainiai" manually under Vital Records Indexing
Project. Or you can email me to request the new Excel format VRI
donor form created by LitvakSIG treasurer Richard H. Hoffman.
Thanks for your support.
Coordinator, Keidan VRI Project